The other Sean· Administrator
Actually, you can. The VDC system already in the truck does this. Saved my skin on an icy bridge deck. If it was up to my skills, I would have spun out and crashed. But, slip light came on (before I felt any slide) and the truck crab walked to the right (left curving bridge deck) while keeping the nose of the truck pointed forward.You know what I look forward to? Self driving cars on icy roads.... I don't think you can program a computer for that. Especially if it's patchy ice.
Too much of the self-driving stuff relies on reacting to other vehicles around you. But at 2am on a country road, your cars computer doesn't get to see another car hit that patch of ice first. It might assume the speed limit is just fine, when reality is you should be driving a lot slower.
Also, your truck's cruise control turns off at the first sign of wheel slip, so, once again, the technology is already here and proven.
Probably what will happen is in the first instance of poor traction, the self driving vehicle will default to manual mode only and the driver will have to take control of the controls. I highly doubt the steering wheel and pedals will disappear from said cars.